Microsoft’s Q2 earnings “beat the street” yesterday. $0.71 earnings per share (EPS) were made on revenue of $26.47 billion. The Company’s Device consumer division – which encompasses Surface, Bing search, Windows, Office and Lumia – reported 8% increase to $12.9bn, with $1.1bn from the surface division.
Microsoft sold 10.5 million Lumia devices, an increase of 1.2 million from the previous quarter, according to the vendor, this was driven by “drive by growth and affordable smartphones”. In revenue, division earned just over $2.2bn, although the company has not clarified which device sold the most.
The companies best selling devices turn out the be the older Lumia’s – 520 and 530. Lumia’s line-up has been pretty quiet but Microsoft have promised a high-end Windows 10 device for later this year. Most Windows 8.1 smartphones, not all – but most – will be able to receive Windows 10.
The Nokia Lumia 520 is the best entry level Windows phone handset that you can buy. On the upside, it’s super cheap, has a large, expansive screen and plenty of innovation. On the down side, there is no front-facing camera, it has average battery life and does not contain NFC or compass. The 520 rarely stutters, it is great for good calls and messaging and features a 8GB in-store memory as well as a 5 megapixel camera and a 800 x 480 display resolution.
On the other hand, the Nokia Lumia 530 is also very cheap but supports a MicroSD slot has a very snappy performance and easy to use one-handed but again, has no front camera and no flash. There is very limited battery life on this phone and has a fairly poor display. However, the Lumia 530 is a good value for money but this has been known as a “two step forward, one step backwards” move for Nokia.